The Barcelona lifeguards defying Europe to rescue migrants on the open sea

The Barcelona lifeguards defying Europe to rescue migrants on the open sea

The Barcelona lifeguards defying Europe to rescue migrants on the open sea By Eric Campbell with photography by Santi Palacios As Europe tries to stop the boats, lifeguards from the calm beaches of Barcelona are stepping in to save lives on the open sea. First there's only darkness as we pound across black water. Suddenly, the boat appears, illuminated in the moonlight. We slow the engine and pull up close enough to pass over life jackets, but not so close that they could grab our rescue craft. More than 50 people are crammed into the small wooden boat — anxious mothers, crying babies, old men, young men, frightened children. There's no navigator, no safety gear and just an outboard motor sputtering like it is running on fumes in the vastness …
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